SteelSeries and Apple on Wednesday announced the Nimbus, the first gamepad designed specifically for the new Apple TV. It’s unclear how much Apple was involved in the development of the controller, but the company is highlighting it on its website and there does seem to be an above-average level of cooperation here.

For starters, the Nimbus features a Lightning port for revitalizing its internal battery, which SteelSeries says will provide gamers with more than 40 hours of gaming per charge. It also has an extra large Menu button, similar to the one found on the new Apple TV remote, which could allow users to navigate around the new tvOS.

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Otherwise, the Nimbus looks very similar to other high-end MFi and console controllers. It features twin thumbsticks, a D-pad, four shoulder buttons, and four face buttons: X, Y, B, A. On its website, SteelSeries points out that the buttons are pressure sensitive, for precise control, and it can be updated via a companion app.

In addition to the new Apple TV, the gamepad also supports late model iPhones and iPads—although developers who haven’t updated their apps to support MFi controllers will have to be sure to do so. There’s no word on pricing or availability yet, but we expect the Nimbus will launch sometime in October with the Apple TV.

Source: SteelSeries

  • That_Fruitarian

    I’m ready to test this out…

  • :D

    Nimbus 2000…

  • Anthony Lara

    I can’t wait to buy 4 of these it will be so great at parties.

    • Troy

      You could always use iPhones as well

      • BobNation

        Wouldn’t that depend on the game?

      • Kenrick Fernandes

        it does, but as per the keynote yesterday games demoed all have assistance for multiplayer with an iphone or an ipad. you just need the siri remote or this controller to get started

  • George

    Looks like the Xbox and PlayStation had a baby

  • Chuck Finley

    Evidently Apple weren’t heavily involved in the design, but Sony and Microsoft were…

  • QuarterSwede

    As a child of the NES, SNES, and PlayStation eras I really hate that everyone thinks the XBOX ABYX buttons should be copied. They’re awful comparatively.

    • DeAndre Enrico

      Pretty sure those buttons were first popularized on the SNES.

      • QuarterSwede

        The layout itself is fantastic. It’s the curvature of the Xbox buttons I hate. Nothing feels as good as the SNES ABXY buttons.

  • askep3

    Does it also work with iPhones? Or only tvOS

    • Kenrick Fernandes

      read the article. it’s mentioned – it does work

      • askep3

        Oops, thanks.

  • James G

    Will other MFi controllers work with Apple TV?

    • David Terminal Illness Loro

      THIS. i want to know…

  • I must say, the new Apple TV is very well thought out, simplified and offers enhancing ways of interacting with TV. Good work on that product Apple, but nothing beats XBMC/Kodi for me…

  • yzjustdatguy

    The Nimbus is $49.95 USD according to the Steelseries website

    • DeAndre Enrico

      That’s not as bad as I was expecting. I might actually get one.